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Yell County - A Real Fine Hole Review

by J Simpson

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Yell County is a 3 piece garage rock band hailing from the Washington DC area but borrowing their name from the county that lead singer and guitarist Joel Maupin grew up, located in Arkansas. On May 19th 2008 the trio released their debut album A Real Fine Hole which consists of 10 songs of all original material.

A Real Fine Hole can be described as a coarse sound with gritty guitar chords and meat & potatoes drums. It's a very uncomplicated sound however there's still something to sink your teeth into. The tunes are full of snappy clever rhythms that make the entire disc very easy to listen to. Each song holds its own with Joel Maupin belting out the lyrics and although he may not be the best singer, his voice goes perfectly with this music. As I stated before, the disc is full of original material although when listening to song #7 Led Zeppelin Says you will hear a very familiar hook borrowed from the great Zeppelin.

The group bravely decided to self release this disc choosing to hold total control of their music and not having to deal with label BS. They also, whether on purpose or not, didn't overproduce the songs as they all remain raw and a little ruff around the edges which in this day and age is refreshing. The disc speeds by whisking through the 10 songs in around 30 minutes.

Nice job Yell County as I believe A Real Fine Hole is a real fine disc.


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